Self tanning is a convenient way of giving the skin a darker shade. There are many different ways to self tan and for the most part, all of these methods work. Some of them are even highly preferred over tanning in the sun. This is because some of these self tanning methods used are lot easier to access and safer than the sun.[youtube:Au-BvZ4_hNk?version=3;[link:Sun Labs Self Tanning Lotion];http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Au-BvZ4_hNk?version=3&feature=related]
There are many self tanning agents on the market, but of those, the most popular involve: air brushing, tanning beds, pills and lotions. Not all of these self tanning products are recommended and some are not even considered safer than using the sun to tan. Air brushing and lotions probably rank as the safest, while the tanning beds and pills are considered as the least safe of self tanning methods. The information on the methods below will give you a better understanding of their benefits and help you to make a better choice about your self tanning agent.
Lotions: these come in the form of bronzers or gradual skin darkeners. The bronzers add a light temporary film over the skin, while the lotions penetrate the epidermis. They stimulate the increased secretion of melanin in the epidermis of the skin and thus cause darkening.[I:http://cosmoread.com/wp-content/uploads/HaywoodHunter1.jpg]
Pills: these cause increased secretion of melanin in the skin, just like some tanning lotions. The mechanism of darkening is unclear and therefore the use of pills is not supported by doctors. Also of importance is that the FDA does not endorse the pills available for self tanning.
Air Brushing: this is a way to get an even tan. It involves having a tanning lotion of formula air brushed unto the skin. The air brushing method gives it an even and smooth look. This like the bronzer is a harmless and much preferred self tanning agent.
Tanning beds: these are the most unsafe to use for self tanning. They cause the emission of ultra violet rays much like the sun and thus are just as unsafe. Many people hence do not recommend their use.
Numerous self tanning methods exist. It is ultimately up to the consumer what method they will use. However, one must take into consideration that not all the self tanning methods are safe. Choose the safest method, they work just as well as other, less safe methods and will have you looking just as good.
While there are a lot of different self tanning methods available to you, you have to make sure you do not look like you have a fake tan – you have to do that research and find the best tanning method.